PULMONARY ATELECTASIS: SYMPTOMS, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT - RESPIRATORY DISEASES

What is pulmonary atelectasis and how to treat it



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Pulmonary atelectasis is a respiratory complication that prevents the passage of sufficient air due to the collapse of the pulmonary alveoli. This usually happens when there is cystic fibrosis, tumors in the lung or when the lung gets full of fluid due to a strong chest stroke, for example. Depending on how many alveoli are affected, the feeling of shortness of breath may be more or less intense and therefore the treatment may also vary according to the intensity of the symptoms